U of M's Bentley Historical Library has just launched a cool interactive U of M Heritage Website. There are a lot of cool stories from the University's early days. I particularly like the story of the first woman to attend school here, Mary Downing Sheldon:
“I wish there were not so many boys here,” [Mary] told her sister Lizzie. “I feel very much out of place…. But do not think that I am a victim and a martyr. For I am not. I have precisely what I want. I am in a University and have a chance to see it all from the inside.”The stories describing early student life are great. Especially the descriptions of the large fence around the Diag that was needed to keep the wandering cattle from interfering with classes.